CEO: John Zaepfel


Mr. Zaepfel spent fifteen years, both as a President and CEO, founding CPG International in 1985 as an outgrowth of a LBO. Companies in the group included Chartpak, Pickett Industries, Clearprint Paper, Planhold and Grumbacher. This $90 million operating company manufactured and marketed fine art, graphic art, engineering, drafting and media supplies through thirteen domestic and international facilities. CPG was sold very successfully in May of 1989 to financial buyers.

Before forming CPG, Zaepfel served as both President and CEO of Chartpak and Pickett Industries, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Times Mirror. Zaepfel started his career with Crown Zellerbach in marketing and pursued his career in this functional discipline with Western Kraft and Sealed Air Corporation prior to joining Avery International.

He was an associate lecturer at California State University at Long Beach for three years. He served as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Armor Corps and as a First Lieutenant in the Adjutant General Corps.

Zaepfel has served as a public company director for Ideal School Supply, headquartered in Chicago; Varitronics, located in Minneapolis; The Troy Group, located in Santa Ana, California; RemedyTemp, Inc. in Aliso Viejo, California; Hi-Shear Technologies in Torrance, California; and served as Chairman of the Board of Accordia in Southern California. He has assisted as a board member in four (4) public offerings, as well as sixteen (16) change-of-control transactions and has chaired two public Audit Committees installing Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.

During his career, he has served on fifty-seven (57) public and private companies. He currently serves on fourteen (14) public, statutory private and advisory boards, chairing twelve (12) as a non‑executive chairman.

He is Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Board Group, a professional firm that assists middle market companies in building transferable value through an effective board process. He is the co-author of
Game Changing Advisory Boards – Leveraging Outside Wisdom to Deliver Sustainable Value.

He is a past member of the Young Presidents Organization and served as chairman of the Southern California Chapter. He is currently a member of the Chief Executives Organization.

He is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds an MBA from The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Zaepfel is currently CEO of the Zaepfel Group; a Newport Beach based consulting and investment firm. He also lectures extensively and maintains a CEO coaching practice.